Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2008

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

Price: $27.99
Item No. 105493
  • CG92
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

In keeping with the well established Girard style, this Old Vine Zinfandel is a beautifully balanced expression of unique terroir. There's a plethora of ripe red fruit from the old vines. Their natural spiciness is augmented by the judicious use of oak to add complexity. This is a silky, juicy zinfandel which will complement a wide range of foods. The natural acidity makes it a perfect foil to tomato based sauces as well as grilled meats.

Critical Acclaim

"Ripeness and well-defined fruit are comfortably juxtaposed in this deep and very convincing young Zinfandel and the varietal's berry-like voice is given free play throughout. While moderately full-bodied, the wine is alive and balanced from beginning to end, and, if a bit given to last-minute acidity, it is built for improvement and has all of the right stuff in all of the right pieces to evolve nicely over the next half-dozen years."
92 Points

"A fine Zinfandel, ripe and balanced. The wine shows concentrated wild berry, licorice, fruit liqueur, jam, bacon and spice flavors. Yet the richness is balanced with fine acidity and soft but intricate tannins, and the finish is dry. Drink now-2013 for freshness."
90 Points

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Outlier - Redding, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(4/13/2011)
Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2008. This is the first bottle of wine I have purchased. The aroma is light and does not linger. To the taste it has reserve but natural flavor and flows smoothly upon the throat. The end has a slight wisp and tingle, with a light aftertaste that vanishes within seconds. To my naive expectations this wine is average to above average. For me, I must experience more in my journey into wine.
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